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‘Art is Great’ Show Features Student Work, Honors Longtime Teacher

Student Alison Griffin and art teacher Jeannette Gillett embrace the “Art is Great” theme during the annual art show.

Student Alison Griffin and art teacher Jeannette Gillett embrace the “Art is Great” theme during the annual art show.

HANNIBAL – The hallways at Fairley Elementary School were lined with hundreds of pieces of student artwork as families admired the creations during the annual art show Tuesday (May 16).

Student Alison Griffin and art teacher Jeannette Gillett embrace the “Art is Great” theme during the annual art show.
Student Alison Griffin and art teacher Jeannette Gillett embrace the “Art is Great” theme during the annual art show.

For more than 35 years, art teacher Jeanette Gillett has organized the show to highlight the various projects her students have created throughout the school year.

This year marks the final one before Gillett retires in June and she wanted to use the same theme — “Art is Great” – that was used in the first art show she organized in 1981.

“I thought it would be fitting to come full circle and re-create this sentimental theme for this year too,” Gillett said. “My greatest joy has been to teach. Year after year, the Fairley artists continue to amaze me. I am so proud of each and every one of them.”

Joshua Hutchinson is all smiles as he shows off the work he created for the annual art show at Fairley Elementary School.
Joshua Hutchinson is all smiles as he shows off the work he created for the annual art show at Fairley Elementary School.

Students showed their “Art is Great” works to their parents and siblings.

Artwork included paintings, drawings, 3D projects and unique creations that adorned the walls and were displayed on tables throughout the evening.

Attendees also had light refreshments in honor of Gillett’s years of service to the Hannibal Central School District.

A reception, sponsored by Hannibal Home and School, Dunkin’ Donuts of Cato, Corso Cookies and retired Fairley teachers, was held in the gymnasium.

“I am so truly grateful for the continued support from the Hannibal community, Home and School, and dedicated parents and students throughout the years,” Gillett said. “It is a blessing to be able to say that I loved my job and have enjoyed my years at Hannibal.”